§ MR. NANNETTI (Dublin, College Green)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will give particulars as to the dates upon which the bank pass book and accounts of the late staff officer of the Royal Irish Constabulary Office were checked and audited, within the four years prior to his death, and as to what proof had been brought forward to show that the receipts furnished to the late staff officer by members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, to whom certain moneys were paid, were themselves genuine; and whether he will consider the advisability of granting some allowance, as it were deferred pay, to the widow of this 1324 deceased officer, considering the amount deducted from the amount of life assurance accruing to him as the result of the ex parte charge of falsification brought against him.
(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) I beg to refer to the very full replies which I have given to the hon. Member's previous Questions on this subject. The Government have already more than once expressed the opinion that the applications made on behalf of the widow were not such as to warrant the expenditure of public money. I may add that the widow of the deceased and her solicitor were afforded full opportunity of satisfying themselves of the misappropriation of funds.